Heat is hard on animals too

Aaron Stuckel
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Georgia takes a dip in the kiddy pool at Garry Overs Kennel and Obedience Wednesday afternoon.

With temperatures expected to remain high throughout the week, and humidity levels providing for extra effects, Gary Overs from Gary Overs Kenneling and Obedience warned that extreme heats can be hard on pets.

“If you’re uncomfortable, it’s likely that your dogs uncomfortable too,” said Overs in an interview with the Times-Herald Wednesday.

Overs said that the same rules apply for most warm-blooded pets, and that there are specific ways to cool them down.

“Never pour ice water onto a dog. Never,” he said. “If you want to throw them into a heart attack, that’s probably the fastest way to kill them.”

For any animal, Overs said to make sure they have fresh water that’s changed on a regular basis throughout the day. Buying frozen chicken broth cubes and feeding them to pets is another way to keep their internal temperature cool.

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Times-Herald

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